Hello dear stitching friends from an extremely hot Cape Town! We are having our first real heatwave of the season and it is set to continue for at least another few days - I hope it will be a bit cooler over Christmas!
I have a fun Christmas start to share with you today: The Fairytale Advent Calendar by The Little Stitcher. My mom spotted this piece a few weeks ago and we added it to the 'to do' list immediately! My mom and I are combining efforts on this project - we each chose twelve designs to stitch.
The designs are really small and stitch up very quickly - just the thing so close to Christmas! We are stitching it in recommended DMC threads on self-dyed 28ct evenweave. The fabric is actually a bit darker than in the pictures and works so well for Christmas stitching.
Here is number 1 and number 2 - please note that the reindeer in no 1 still needs his backstitch antlers :) I just love the little red cottage - it is so pretty!
Numbers 3 and 4 are both winter forest scenes - I love stitching snowy pieces when I'm 'trapped' in the heat!
Numbers 5 and 8 also still require backstitch - no 5 also needs antlers and in no 8 backstitch will add definition to the presents under the tree! These designs are so much fun to stitch - whimsical and primitive - perfect!
I am also delighted to report that my holiday packages are starting to arrive at their destinations - I am always so relieved to hear that a package arrived safely! This was my gift to dear Annie this year, including a handmade ornament, pillow and counting/marking pins:
You might recognize the little snowman ornament from my previous post! I took a quick pic of this little freebie by Carmela on our Christmas tree before I packaged it:
Here is a closeup of a little lavender pillow included in the package:
I also added some aperture cards and raspberry fabric.
That's it for now! Enjoy the last few days until Christmas and Happy Stitching!